Smarter summers! Yes, summer holidays are here! Unfortunately, for many children summer can be a time where they can have some learning losses. The good news is that you can help, not only to prevent any learning loss, but you can also increase their learning and make it fun! Here are some tips adapted from Brenda McLaughlin, Director of Research, John Hopkins University:
1. Read Every Day – For older children, four or five books over the summer has shown to have a positive impact. Take turns reading to each other, books on tape, magazines, or let them stay up a half hour later if they are reading.
2. Use Math Every Day – The largest summer learning loss for all children occurs in math. Use math in everything you do. Make them count the change at the drive-thru, make up math word problems in the car or at the dinner table.
3. Get Outside and Play – Intense physical activity programs have positive effects on academic achievement. Ensure your child is active outside at least 60 minutes per day.
4. Write Every Week – Write a weekly letter to someone, keep a summer journal, have them write the grocery list.
5. Do a Good Deed – Children learn better and “act out” less when they engage in activities to aid in their social emotional development. Look at some websites for suggestions:
6. Routine, Structure and Predictability – Don't forget this! Try and maintain some routine, structure and predictability in their daily summer activities. Even though the two months of summer can be different, there are many daily things we can do to keep routines such as meal times, bed times, quiet times, etc.
Most of all I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing you again in September! Juniper Ridge Elementary ROARS!
FIRST DAYS BACK
Before we know it we will be back again for another year! If you are returning to Juniper Ridge Elementary School in September, there are few things you might be curious about so you can prepare your children for September:
JUNIPER ELEMENTARY ROARS!
At Juniper Elementary we follow our ROARS matrix. ROARS stands for:
We also be work on our WITS strategies to deal with peer conflicts:
W = Walk away
I = Ignore
T = Talk to the person
S = Seek help (an adult)
If you could review all of these expectations with your children at home it would help us maintain a positive school culture at Juniper. Copies of the ROARS Motto have been posted.
The School District has also revised the CODE OF CONDUCT. Copies of the CODE OF CONDUCT are on the school website as well as posted around the school.
As the weather gets worse we would like to remind parents to be EXTRA careful while driving through our school zones and in our parking areas. Also, please pick up and drop off students in designated areas only.
Juniper Ridge Elementary School is also working with the City of Kamloops on idling and air quality. Please be aware that the city bi-law permits idling for no longer that three minutes. This is particularly important at school locations where traffic flow is high during morning and afternoons. The levels of pollution can have detrimental affects to the air quality and possibly all of our children at the school.
Students in grades 4 and 7 will be writing the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) again this year. This is a provincial assessment based on the required learning outcomes in reading, writing, and numeracy. The assessment will be administered between January 16 and February 10, 2017
All students in grades 4 and 7 in attendance during those dates are required to write this assessment. Please be aware that according to the School Act in BC, parents, teachers or principals CAN NOT excuse students from writing the assessment. The exception: the principal can excuse a student if they have a diagnosed special need that prohibits them from being able to take the assessment.
At Juniper Elementary, we follow our new ROARS matrix.
This month we are going to be working on OUTSIDE PLAY! We will be reviewing how to appropriate play outside for the month of January. The staff is on the look out for students who are displaying our ROARS motto.
A copy of the new ROARS Matrix will be posted on the school website sometime early in the New Year. In the meantime, please continue to use the old Matrix as a reference.
ROARS stands for:
DOORS, BOOTS, and SHOES
During the winter months, sliding is permitted on some of the school days, depending on the condition of the snow. The school has a limited supply of “crazy carpets”. If students wish to bring their own sleds, they must either be crazy carpets, or the foam-type sleds. Nothing heavy or hard will be permitted on the hills during school time. Sleds must be left outside the school doors during school hours. It is very important that your child’s name is on his/her sled, as many of them look the same. The school will not be responsible for lost sleds.